Test, Inspection & Maintenancefor Stage Lighting
Fortunately, lighting technology has improved and the latest high power LED fixtures are built to last for at least 50,000 hours – that’s over 16,000 3 hour performances!
But some periodic maintenance is still required, primarily for safety reasons.
Professional LED fixtures run cool, so they are far less prone to heat related damage, but they still need to be PAT tested, normally once a year.
Electrical Safety Testing
The electrical supply should be periodically checked, normally annually, to ensure correct fusing, continuity, polarity, earth bonding, insulation resistance, etc.
Winched Overhead Equipment
Any lifting equipment, including winches, ropes, pulleys, etc needs to be inspected, at least once a year under the requirements of LOLER (Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations).
Fixed Overhead Equipment
All overhead equipment, including fixed lighting rigs, curtain tacks, etc should be periodically inspected (under the requirements of PUWER) to ensure that the equipment is safely installed and remains fit for purpose.
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Is it a legal requirement to test stage lighting?
Under current UK Health & Safety legislation there is a legal responsibility imposed on ALL levels of management to ensure a safe workplace for staff, visitors and (in the case of a school or college) students.
So, although not strictly a ‘legal’ requirement, it is highly advisable to get your stage lighting system checked regularly – typically annually. Insurance companies will generally insist on an annual documented check and the consequences of an accident, be it mechanical (eg a light or loudspeaker falling from height) or electrical (a fire, or a performer or operator receiving an electric shock), could potentially be very serious.
In addition to the above:
Any fixed equipment installed overhead (eg lighting bars, lights, curtain tracks, loudspeakers, etc) will fall under the requirements of PUWER (Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations). PUWER imposes certain responsibilities on management and all overhead equipment should generally be inspected annually.
Any lifting equipment (eg lighting bar and scenery winches, block & tackle hoists, etc) will fall under the requirements of LOLER (Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations). LOLER imposes further responsibilities on management and ALL lifting equipment should be inspected AT LEAST annually.
How often does my stage lighting need to be tested?
What do you check during a service visit?
Do my stage lights need to be PAT tested?
Doesn’t my electrical contractor test the stage lighting system?
Are you DBS approved to work in schools and similar sites?
How long does the service visit take?
A small installation can be checked in around 3-4 hours. A larger one can take several days.
We generally undertake any minor repairs during the visit, frequently at no additional cost, but any more serious issues will be highlighted and discussed before proceeding with any additional work.